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How Nutrition Can Provide Older Adults With Greater Health And Mobility

We should all be aware of the fact that what we put in our bodies has a massive impact on our overall health. This is why, since we were little, we were encouraged to eat our fruits and veggies and warned against candy and soft drinks. As we age, we need all the help we can get to stay strong and healthy. This is why keeping a nutritious diet is vital for seniors. Such a diet should include such superfoods as leafy greens, berries, nuts and seeds, fatty fish and eggs.

However, good nutrition also involves other foods that can provide older adults with greater health and mobility.

Dark chocolate.

We figured we’d start with a little bit of a surprise. Unfortunately, most milk chocolate products are high in sugar and not recommended. However, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids. Flavonoids contain anticancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Dark chocolate also boasts a long list of minerals like iron, magnesium and zinc. They are all important for various bodily functions. Not to mention, eating dark chocolate has been known to improve both mood and cognitive function.

“Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao is rich in health-boosting compounds called polyphenols,” adds Promyse Health Care, “Polyphenols deliver antioxidant properties to help reduce chronic inflammation, cell damage, and the risk of other health conditions. Polyphenols can be found in various fruits and vegetables, tea, and red wine.”

Green tea.

Since tea was just mentioned, it’s worth noting that many seniors are known for their love of tea. It’s a good thing that green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of chronic diseases. In addition, the small amount of caffeine in green tea helps to improve alertness and concentration.

Green tea is also packed with antioxidants known as catechins. “These compounds offer a shield of protection against oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic health issues often associated with aging,” reveals Senior Helpers, “One age-related disease that green tea may help prevent is Alzheimer’s. It’s believed that the catechins in green tea can have protective effects on neurons, potentially lowering the risk of dementia and memory loss.”

Greek yogurt.

Most of us are well aware of the high calcium content of yogurt. Greek yogurt, in particular, is recommended for its important sources of calcium and protein. It contains more protein than regular yogurt, supporting muscle maintenance. Seniors also benefit from the probiotics found in Greek yogurt as they promote gut health and improve digestion.

“When it comes to protein, Greek yogurt delivers,” asserts the National Council on Aging, “Just one cup has 17 grams of protein as well as 20% of the daily recommended intake of calcium. Why else is Greek yogurt considered one of the best superfoods for seniors? It contains probiotics, which help us maintain gut health. Probiotics have been shown to aid in digestion, boost immune function, and even prevent infection.”

Even with good nutrition, some seniors will encounter mobility issues. A mobility scooter is an excellent solution for those who wish to travel longer outdoor distances. Mobility scooters can have three or four wheels, a place for the driver to rest their feet and a steering column to control the turning and direction of the scooter.

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